Paddy Hirsch is a Senior Editor at Marketplace. He is the author of the book Man vs Markets, Economics Explained, Pure and Simple, and he is the creator and host of Marketplace Whiteboard, a video explainer of financial and economic terms.

Hirsch joined Marketplace in 2007, just as the credit crunch that preceded the 2008 financial crisis began to take hold.  As editor of the New York Bureau and the entrepreneurship desk, he spearheaded Marketplace’s financial markets coverage throughout the crisis and as the economy fell into recession. He was awarded a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University in 2010, and he returned to Marketplace in July of 2011, when he was appointed Senior Producer of Marketplace Money. He published his first book, Man vs Markets, in August 2012.

Hirsch got his start in journalism with an internship at the BBC in Glasgow, Scotland. He became a field producer for CNBC in Hong Kong and later was a consultant to the Open Broadcast Network in Bosnia. He has been an editor for Direct Capital Markets, Institutional Investor Newsletters, Standard & Poor’s, and the Vietnam Economic Times. Prior to becoming a journalist, he served as an officer in the Royal Marines.

Hirsch attended Campbell College in Belfast and received a bachelor’s degree in French and International Studies from the University of Warwick. He is a Knight Fellow and was a Webby honoree in 2009.

 

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Features by Paddy Hirsch

Hands off the shorts

Felix Salmon has a new rallying cry: three cheers for short-sellers. He argues that short sellers generally protect investors. No doubt Felix's ...

Talk o' the mornin'

A $1.8 billion profit at AIG. A $1.7 billion loss at Royal Bank of Scotland. The White House backs off the Fan and Fred "bad bank" idea. More job...

Squawk!

By now everyone in the known world is aware that Twitter had a two-hour outage this morning. Marketplace tweets, as does the Whiteboard, but when...

Predatory lender

If you think banks, auto finance and mortgage companies are usurious, try borrowing on the street in Machester, England. John Kiely, a 36 year-ol...

Frankly, my dear...

Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn lets it all hang out in a New York Times story today. "Our risk appetite continues to grow year on year, qu...

Top o' the mornin'

Looks like a slack day for the US, markets-wise, although Hong Kong's Hang Seng and the Nikkei both ended up, and European markets are also looking...

Trendsetters

America may have thrown off the yoke of British imperialism, but British ways still seem to have a way of insinuating themselves across the Atlan...

Fuld of it

Dick Fuld, the former CEO of now-defunct investment bank Lehman Brothers, is back in the news. For a while there, it was his wife Kathy making th...

Top of the Morning

Paddy Hirsch here, filling in for Scott until the weekend....

Factoring

Many small businesses get the cash they need to operate and expand from so-called factors. One of the biggest factors in the business is CIT, and with CIT on the ropes, small businesses are worried. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains what factoring is, and how it works.
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